WesternU welcomes 1,000 new students to the health professions

About 1,000 new Western University of Health Sciences students began their journey as health professionals at Convocation, the traditional opening of the academic year, Aug. 10, 2019 at Fairplex in Pomona, California.

WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, who presided over the ceremony, assured new students that they were each truly meant to be at WesternU.

“As we look to the future I want to remind everyone here that each of our new students will become a healer who treats one person at a time but who, in aggregate, will have in their hands the lives and wellness of thousands,” Wilson said. “So, let me say to our students – always remember your gift to your patient is yourself – your hands, your mind, but most of all, your heart. Our hope is that after you have completed your education here at WesternU you will become ambassadors of the healing arts and of this University. I know you will go forth with skilled hands and compassionate hearts to help the world become a better place.”

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New research leader at WesternU receives $2.8 million NIH grant

Western University of Health Sciences Senior Vice President for Research Devendra K. Agrawal, PhD, received a $2.8 million National Institutes of Health grant to study a potentially life-altering treatment for patients undergoing hemodialysis.

The project, “Novel Molecular Target to Prevent Maturation Failure of Arteriovenous Fistula,” is being funded for $704,979 per year for four years. Agrawal joined WesternU on July 1, 2019.

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WesternU osteopathic and podiatric medical students receive iPads

Western University of Health Sciences and two generous donors are ensuring the osteopathic and podiatric physicians and surgeons of tomorrow are equipped with technology that will keep them connected to the latest medical innovations and to each other and the University.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) and the College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) gave an iPad to every incoming student on the first day of Welcome Week, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Incoming WesternU-Oregon students in Lebanon, Oregon each received an iPad on July 30.

The iPads are a gift from the Heatherington Foundation for Innovation and Education in Health Care and an anonymous donor.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to the following Pharmacy Practice and Administration Department (PPAD) fellow and PPAD faculty: Delevry D, Le QA. Effect of Treatment Preference in Randomized Controlled Trials: Systematic Review of the Literature and Meta-Analysis. The Patient – Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. 2019. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40271-019-00379-6



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Thierra K. Nalley, PhD, of COMP, published a chapter on primate head and neck biomechanics in a new book Spinal Evolution: Morphology, Function, and Pathology of the Spine in Hominoid Evolution. The book provides a grounding in the evolutionary history of the human spine and highlights new research methodologies and new data; including recent fossil, morphological, biomechanical, and theoretical advances regarding vertebral column evolution.

Nalley, T.K., Grider-Potter, N. (2019) Vertebral Morphology in Relation to Head Posture and Locomotion I: The Cervical Spine. In: Been, E., Gomez Olivencia, A., Kramer, P., (eds): Spinal Evolution: morphology, function, and pathology of the spine in hominoid evolution. Springer: Nature. Switzerland AG. https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030193485